Initiatives of Change in London hosts migration conference

Immigration conference speakers

‘The Middle East migration crisis – genesis and response’ was the theme of a four-day conference in London hosted by Initiatives of Change and the Next Century Foundation. The conference brought together leaders from the Middle East and Afghanistan, together with refugees, academics, journalists, and religious leaders.

Somali British promote dialogue in London boroughs

Peace begins at home

Two ‘Peace Begins at Home’ intergenerational dialogue training workshops were conducted in north and east London where the summer 2011 riots started. The final session was filmed, with special guests Haringey Mayor Sheila Peacock and the Speaker of Hackney Council, Michael Desmond.

Mercy, not mercilessness, is a value worth defending

La Belle Equipe

Edward Peters reflects on the recent events in Beirut and Paris. What resonates most deeply for him in the present crisis is the struggle between love and hate, between dignity and demonisation, between humility and arrogance, between responsibility and blame.

The role of Britain in Palestine?

What has been the historic role of Britain that has led to the present day tragic situation in Israel/Palestine? This was the theme engaged with by a very mixed group of over 70 people as part of the Thatcham Festival. The mayors of both Thatcham and Newbury were present and both spoke very appreciatively at the end of the evening.

World first for Cornwall as it signs compassion charter

Members of the Compassionate Cornwall Team and speakers Amina Khalid and Shaun Danquah, with the signed charter.

West Briton, Cornwall's best-read local newspaper, reports a 'World first for Cornwall as it signs compassion charter'. The impressive list of speakers included Amina Khalid, a former Somali refugee, now working for Initiatives of Change.

The Scottish referendum has disturbed the world

Ian Monteague

On the 8 October 2014, Initiatives of Change UK’s Sustainable Communities programme organised a two-hour discussion on the Scotland referendum with Ian Monteague, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse (FARE), a leading Glasgow-based community organisation.

Moral standards - a wagging finger or a light to grow towards

Peter Riddell

Peter Riddell reflects on Initiatives of Change's core values of 'the four standards' - honesty, purity, unselfishness and love.

Well-being: for clearer thinking, more energy, better listening

Hai teaching tai chi

Creators of Peace women and friends popped into the Greencoat Place IofC Centre after work for a ‘Women’s Well-being’ event. The aim was to meet, and improve our wellbeing with a variety of therapies, body work and creative exercises, while contributing to peace circle projects.

Freedom – our responsibility

Jonathan Jansen, University of Free State's Vice-Chancellor

Jonathan Jansen, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Free State (UFS), opened the eagerly anticipated ‘Freedom – Our Responsibility conference’ (26 – 30 September), held in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The conference was in partnership with the Lyndi Fourie Association International (LFAI) and Initiatives of Change South Africa.

Trust as social capital

Rob Corcoran

'In recent days, the need for trust, dialogue, honesty and accountability is cited frequently by residents of Ferguson, Mo., as they strive for justice and healing,' writes Rob Corcoran in an article published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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